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Old 06-12-06, 12:33 PM   #1
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Opinions on Courierware Messenger Bags

So without the search functioning, and having browsed back through 80 pages on the SS forums (word is you're the place to go for bags), was hoping to get opinions from anyone who's used a Courierware bag. I mostly just need it for weatherproof commuting (20-25 miles each way depending on the route), so I don't need an industrial size bag that I can fit a minifridge in (yet). Just something to stick tools/tubes/pump, work clothes, lunch, and a lock in without having to worry about whether or not it's going to be pouring rain halfway there. I'd also like a bag that's more ambidextrous; caddying for 9 years left me with a grudge against bags designed for a specific shoulder.

I'm about ready to pull the trigger and buy the Deluxe Courier Bag (Small). Thoughts?
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Old 06-12-06, 12:59 PM   #2
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So without the search functioning, and having browsed back through 80 pages on the SS forums (word is you're the place to go for bags), was hoping to get opinions from anyone who's used a Courierware bag. I mostly just need it for weatherproof commuting (20-25 miles each way depending on the route), so I don't need an industrial size bag that I can fit a minifridge in (yet). Just something to stick tools/tubes/pump, work clothes, lunch, and a lock in without having to worry about whether or not it's going to be pouring rain halfway there. I'd also like a bag that's more ambidextrous; caddying for 9 years left me with a grudge against bags designed for a specific shoulder.

I'm about ready to pull the trigger and buy the Deluxe Courier Bag (Small). Thoughts?
I've had a small courierware bag for years and it has remained waterproof and served me incredibly well. unlike some of the more recent entries in courier bag stuff (which I have found tend to be shoulder-specific) it doesn't have a heavy nylon lining--they only waterproof the outer cordura. i have found this works fine, but worth keeping in mind. I haven't kept up with them, but I remember they also have a lifetime warranty, so if anything breaks/tears/rips/fails, they'll fix it. all in all, nice place.

the bag itself is not as comfortable or stable as other bags I own (R.E.load and Chrome), perhaps because the strap is not angled in the same way, or maybe just because for a guy my size, my bag is ridiculously small. that's my only complaint, though, and it may only be a personal matter.
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Old 06-12-06, 06:02 PM   #3
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you notice on their website where it says it was rated the "best overall messenger bag" by the wall street journal? man, i'm sure those wsj cats sure know a lot about lugging **** around on a bike, right?

edit: not trying to be a ******...but isn't it sort of funny? anyone?
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edit: not trying to be a ******...but isn't it sort of funny? anyone?
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Old 06-14-06, 12:19 AM   #5
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I've had mine for years. Waterproof as hell, comfortable and durable.

Personally, I'd go with the Large bag myself. At first, it felt WAY too big. But the material softens and flattens against your body and it gets very comfortable. I've got a medium shoulder bag (used for walking trips/vacationing), a small (great work briefcase) and a Large for the big commutes.

The folks who run it are very responsive and friendly and they go out of their way to be cool. Case in point, I found the strap on my L bag to be a little stiff. So, I sent it in for a softer strap. He noticed that I wore mine low, so he added an extra foot of strap for free. Had no idea he was going to do it, but when I got it back, I was blown away by their thoughtfulness. They just go the extra mile.

Bottom line, I think Courierware is the best. If you go through them you won't be disappointed. let me know if you have any other questions.

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